Monday, June 28, 2010

Korea, U.S. Sign Mutual Recognition Arrangement at World Customs Organization

Brussels – U.S. Customs and Border Protection today signed a mutual recognition arrangement with the Korean Customs Service today at the 115th/116th Session of the World Customs Organization Council in Brussels, Belgium. The arrangement aligns security standards in international trade partnership programs, also known as Authorized Economic Operator programs, critical to both countries.

"Opportunities to secure our borders are aggressively being identified on an ongoing basis through our partnerships and collaboration efforts. Building upon these relationships will be at the forefront of our priorities and strategies,” said CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin.

The Commissioner of the Korean Customs Service, Young sun Yoon, and U.S. Customs Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin agreed to mutual standards in Korea’s Authorized Economic Operator program and the U.S.’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program (C-TPAT).

The arrangement recognizes compatibility between the Korean and U.S. cargo security programs and acknowledges that KCS and CBP will accept the security status of members of the other program. Additionally, it will allow for closer collaboration between agencies and greater benefits and common standards to the trade community. This marks the fifth mutual recognition arrangement signed by the U.S., with previous arrangements signed with New Zealand, Canada, Jordan and Japan.

Mutual recognition is a key concept within the World Customs Organization’s SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade, established with the input of the U.S. in 2005 in order to promote end-to-end supply chain security and facilitation at a global level. Similarly, the integration of border security and trade facilitation is an essential part of Commissioner Bersin’s vision for a layered risk management and risk segmentation strategy, which extends security beyond our physical borders.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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